Introducing the Kawai CA901 Concert Artist…
Combining Kawai’s leading Grand Feel III wooden-key keyboard action, brand new SK-EX Competition Grand sounds with multi-channel sampling and resonance modelling, premium audio processing technologies, and an authentic wooden soundboard, the CA901 delivers one of the finest grand piano experiences available in a digital instrument.
With an advanced Soundboard Speaker System featuring more powerful transducers, plus new front-facing speakers combined with 360-degree speaker diffuser panels for the top speakers, the CA901 digital piano delivers an amazing concert grand piano experience that can be enjoyed by players and listeners alike.
To provide outstanding performance, the Grand Feel III keyboard action with Ivory & Ebony Touch key surfaces is combined with a brand-new Competition Grand Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine (featuring multi-channel sampling and resonance modelling).
A new contemporary cabinet design, along with an anti-glare LCD touchscreen and dynamic new piano sounds contribute to why the CA901 is in a class by itself among hybrid digital pianos.
- Industry-leading Grand Feel III wooden-key keyboard action
- Ivory & Ebony Touch key surfaces, 3-sensor, let-off, counterweights
- Brand new and exclusive SK-EX Competition Grand piano sounds
- Premium audio processing and amplification technologies
- High-performance speaker system with TwinDrive soundboard
- Latest Bluetooth MIDI and Audio v5 wireless connectivity
- Modern 5" LCD touchscreen display embedded within cheekblock
- MP3/WAV/SMF playback, record, and overdub to USB
- Spatial Headphone Sound for enhanced depth and realism
- Contemporary upright cabinet design with Soft Fall fallboard
CA901 dimensions and weight
Please refer to this diagram to help visualize how this piano might fit in your room of choice. The weight listed is based on the finished, assembled instrument, and is measured in pounds. The height, width and depth dimensions are measured in inches.
Color Swatches - Satin Black
Please note that the color may vary depending upon your screen settings or due to the device that you are viewing. These photos are designed to give you an idea of the rich finish of the piano.
Embracing many of the long-established principles associated with an acoustic piano, the Grand Feel III keyboard action used by the CA901 combines realistic materials, motion, and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the finest concert grand pianos. The eighty-eight black and white keys are crafted entirely from long pieces of wood, with finely textured ivory and ebony-like surfaces applied to absorb moisture and assist control. Each wooden key pivots smoothly on a balance pin – the ends rising and falling to replicate the familiar ‘seesaw’ motion of an acoustic piano action. When pressed, the back of the key lifts, triggering a grade-weighted hammer to strike a pressure switch. The amount of force applied to this switch is then measured, and the corresponding note is played with authentic tonal character and volume.
In order to faithfully reproduce the stunning sound of a Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano digitally, Kawai has developed SK-EX Rendering. This special, piano-only sound engine focuses the Concert Artist’s DSP power, combining multi-channel, 88-key sampling with the latest resonance modelling technology to deliver pure acoustic piano authenticity. The CA901 introduces a new concept with the exclusive SK-EX Competition Grand piano. This exciting new sample compliments the existing SK-EX grand piano sound, with all new sampling data, recorded from the player’s perspective. The Competition Grand sound is characterized by a bright and clear sound with a more natural bass tone and a stronger duplex scale presence in the upper notes.
Virtual Piano Artisan - Personalized Piano Adjustments
Kawai’s Master Piano Artisans are among the most knowledgeable and skilled in the world. Their highly honed skill set is essential to bring out the best in a Shigeru Kawai grand piano. These technicians perform numerous regulation and voicing adjustments that allow the instrument to truly sing. The CA901’s powerful Virtual Piano Artisan function simulates these refinements digitally, allowing discerning musicians to shape various aspects of the selected piano’s tonal character to suit their personal preferences. Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, damper, and cabinet resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume, and character of individual notes – all in real-time
Premium Audio Technologies
The CA901 utilizes specialized components designed for high-end audio reproduction. With cutting-edge technologies such as a custom designed piano sampling filter and a dual DAC system, the Concert Artist’s optimized power amplifiers reproduce the Shigeru Kawai grand piano sound with stunning clarity, richness, and power. The high-performance discrete headphone amplifier ensures an unparalleled listening experience when playing in privacy.
Twindrive Soundboard Speaker System
Complementing the premium quality audio components, the CA901 also incorporates the latest version of Kawai’s highly regarded soundboard speaker system. This unique audio technology embraces the rich, harmonic qualities of wood by using improved transducers to channel sound energy onto a large soundboard, in order to produce a more natural, organic tone. Long wooden ribs securely attached to the soundboard further broaden the frequency range and volume of the resonating sound, resulting in a remarkably authentic playing experience that immerses both the performer and the listener, and faithfully reproduces the tonal ambience of an acoustic piano.
The Advantage Of A Digital Piano
Complementing the instrument’s industry-leading Grand Feel III keyboard action and stunning SK-EX Rendering piano sound engine, the CA901 also offers a strong selection of digital features that further enhance one’s musical enjoyment. Improved Bluetooth® v5 connectivity and USB audio record/playback allows musicians to extend the functionality of their piano, or play-along with their favorite artists. The integrated metronome includes a variety of time signatures as well as 100 rhythm patterns for more enjoyment. Embedded lesson functions, featuring classical etudes and Alfred course books, ensure that regular practice is both productive and engaging for aspiring pianists. All functions are accessible from the CA901’s improved anti-glare 5″ touchscreen display, which allows sounds and settings to be selected from an attractive user interface simply by tapping or swiping the display with a finger. The screen can also be set to turn off automatically while playing, thus preserving the instruments’ acoustic piano-like appearance, and minimizing any visual distractions to the performer.
In addition to standard USB jacks for connecting to computers or other instruments, the CA901 also features integrated Bluetooth® MIDI and Bluetooth Audio technologies that allow the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Upgraded to the Bluetooth V5 standard ensures ultra-low latency and superior sound quality. Once paired with a phone, tablet, or laptop, Concert Artist owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience, or stream audio from songs and videos directly through the instruments’ premium amplifier and speaker systems without the need to connect additional cables.
The CA901’s redesigned communication standard allows the user-friendly touchscreen interface to also be accessed via the dedicated PianoRemote app for iOS and supported Android devices. The app connects to the piano wirelessly via the Concert Artists’ integrated Bluetooth, providing an effortless way to change sounds, or enjoy the vast array of built-in music content from the comfort of an armchair.
Grand Feel Pedal System
Reinforcing the Concert Artist’s reputation as the most realistic digital piano is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This unique feature accurately replicates the position and individual weighting of the damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano to further enhance the CA901’s acoustic piano-like authenticity. Moreover, it is also possible to adjust the half-pedal sensitivity of the damper pedal, and effectiveness of the soft pedal using dedicated Virtual Piano Artisan parameters, allowing experienced pianists to personalize the instrument’s response to match their individual pedalling technique.
|Audio Receiving and App Connectivity
|Built In Speakers
|Included From Manufacturer
Power cable & AC adaptor
|Number of Keys
|Piano Cabinet Style
|1/4" L/MONO R, 1/4" & 1/8"
|Grand Feel III (GFIII) action
| Grand Feel Pedal System
Sustain (with half-pedal support)
|Audio & MIDI
|Number of Songs
|Number of Sounds
|135 W (50W + 50W + 35W)
|8 x 12 cm x 2 (top speakers with diffuser), 8 cm x 2 (front speakers), 5 cm x 2 (tweeters)
|Voices of Polyphony
Kawai CN, CA, CS, and CP models are covered by Kawai’s five (5) year limited warranty. This warranty covers digital piano models CN, CA, CS and CP against defects in materials or workmanship for five (5) years from the date of purchase. Kawai will attempt to perform service at the location of the instrument. However, if this is not reasonably feasible, then You will be responsible for any installation or removal charges and for any initial shipping charges if the instrument(s) must be shipped for warranty service. However, Kawai will pay the return shipping charges to your location within the USA or Canada if the repairs are covered by the warranty. More details can be found at the Kawai America Corporation’s U.S. web site.